MALAYSIA and China have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on trans-border crime cooperation that covers law enforcement, training, scientific research and exchange of technology.
It was signed yesterday in Beijing between Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and his counterpart from China, Meng Jianzhu.
"The MoU shows Malaysia's commitment in fostering closer ties with foreign enforcement agencies to combat trans-border crime," Hishammuddin said in a statement yesterday.
The home minister said China had always been an important trading partner with Malaysia as well as the Association of South East Asia Nations (Asean) and the MoU would bring confidence to investors and economists on the security of the region.
Hishammuddin said the MoU also covered cooperation between China and Malaysian authorities to curb terrorism, money laundering and terrorism funding, human trafficking, human smuggling, immigration documents' forgery, and telecommunications and cyber crime.
"Malaysia and China enforcement authorities will also hold two-way meetings to identify and streamline areas of cooperation under the MoU."
Hishammuddin said this was the fourth MoU on trans-border crime signed by Malaysia after similar agreements with Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom and the United States.